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The History of Punk Radio Show #18

2015/02/02

Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 26 January!

1. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros (London) – “Johnny Appleseed”
2. The Clash (London) – “Capital Radio” (Live)
3. The Dils (Carlsbad) – “I Hate the Rich”
4. Blackfire (Flagstaff) – “Mean Things Happening in this World”
5. Billy Bragg and Wilco (Mermaid Avenue) – “Against th’ Law”
6. Woody Guthrie (Okemah) – “Dust Bowl Blues”
7. Scott Cook (Edmonton) – “The Lord Giveth (And the Landlord Taketh Away)”
8. John Prine (Maywood) – “Sam Stone”
9. Phil Ochs (El Paso) – “Talking Cuban Crisis”
10. Mike McDonald (Edmonton) – “Lying to an Activist”
11. Billy Bragg (Barking) – “A New England”
12. Hüsker Dü (Saint Paul) – “Newest Industry”
13. The Nightwatchman (LA) – “Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine”
14. Dan Mangan (Vancouver) – “Vessels”
15. Anatomy Cats (Edmonton) – “Tear Them Down”

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The History of Punk Radio Show #5

2014/11/03

Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 20 October!

STATION ID – PROPAGANDI
1. Nomeansno (Victoria) – “Oh Canaduh”
2. Rude Norton (Vancouver) – “Sea Cruise”
3. The Shades (Vancouver) – “New Clientele”
4. Tim Ray and the Druts (Vancouver) – “Dying in Brooklyn”
5. Tim Ray and A.V. (Vancouver) – “Quarter to Eight”
6. Active Dog (Vancouver) – “Nothing Holding You”
7. Exxotone (Vancouver) – “Sideways”
8. The Modernettes (Vancouver) – “Rebel Kind”
9. The Modernettes (Vancouver) – “I can only give you Everything”
10. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “The Scheme”
11. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Urban Guerillas”
12. DOA (Vancouver) – “Trial by Media”
13. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Kill the Poor” (live)
14. SNFU (Edmonton) – “Money Matters”
15. Systematik (Vancouver) – “Regrets”

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The History of Punk, Class #16

2013/11/17

The Edmonton Free School
Monday November 18th 7:00PM
Location: Humanities Centre 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages & All-Welcome

“Let’s find a new way to smash a guitar” 

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Punk has long been connected with politics and activism. Reacting against mainstream values has taken on many different forms – from style of dress, to song lyrics, to organizing protests.

In this class, we will trace punk’s role in engaging youth with social movements. We will also examine whether or not punk continues to be a relevant form of protest in the West, like it is in other parts of the world.

Finally, we will extend the discussion to include other faucets of youth culture – what is the broader relationship between music and politics for the millennial generation, and what ways are they rallying against injustice and authority?

Readings:
“Somebody needs to figure out a new way to smash a guitar”
“Personal Expression vs. the Powerful’s Repression”
“Pussy Riot’s plight is only one example of mistreatment by authorities”
“Why Music Needs to get Political Again”
“Past-tense Pop”
“Punk spoke up for angry kids. Why won’t today’s bands follow suit?”
“Frank Turner’s (a)political stance is part of a post-ideological culture”
“At least youth protest culture is not stuck in the 80s, like its critics”
“The Many Sides to Nowhere”
Vote for Joe!
“White Noise Inferiority”

Playlist:
The Clash – “Know Your Rights”
The Stranglers – “No More Heroes”
The Smiths – “Shakespeare’s Sister”
Dropkick Murphys – “Take ‘Em Down”
The Offspring “Kill the President”
“Punk Band Pussy Riot Protests in Cathedral of Christ the Saviour”

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The History of Punk, Class #10

2012/09/27

The Edmonton Free School
Sunday September 30 3:00PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“Punks in Plight”

Pussy Riot in Russia. Punks in Indonesia. Goths in Uzbekistan. Emos in Iraq. In many countries, members of subcultures are finding themselves in trouble with authorities. Some are activists, some are not. But they are all facing repression for dissenting from traditional societal norms.

In this seminar, we’ll examine how punks are facing jail time, Orwellian reeducation, or even death – in some cases for speaking out, and other times just for dressing differently. We’ll look at the response by the wider music community, the media, and, because they hate being left out, celebrities.

Readings:
“Self-Expression meets Repression: Pussy Riot’s plight is only one example of mistreatment by authorities”
“After Pussy Riot, artists everywhere must stand up for each other”
“Young Persons Called to Private Grand Jury for Owning Books”

Playlist: 
Rites of Spring – “For Want Of” (live 1985)
Embrace – “Dance of Days”
Warsaw – “Warsaw”
Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Arabian Knights”
The Cure – “Killing an Arab”
Why Indonesian Kids are Crazy for Punk”
Marjinal – “Hukum Rimba”
“Report on Emo Killings in Iraq”
“Pussy Riot Grrrl Protest”
Tobi Vail & The Pussy Riot Olympia Solidarity band – “Free Pussy Riot”

2012/09/18

Here’s a phone interview I did for Sound + Noise over the weekend on recent dissent and repression in the Pacific Northwest.

Sound + Noise

In the wake of the recent hearings of  Leah-Lynn Plante and Matt Duran, Sound+Noise has been working with academics and activists to bring this act of government-sponsored political oppression into the scrutiny of the public arena.

It needs to be said, now, that these two individuals are non-violent political activists who have had their basic human rights and freedoms violated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations. They have each been brought before a Grand Jury (a secret judicial body that privately determines the need to apply formal charges, without the aid or presence of a defense attorney) and now face jail time.

In order to better understand the climate around this issue, Sound+Noise Editor Sam Maroney recently spoke with recent MA History graduate at the UofA Rylan Kafara.

Rylan Kafara is the founder of a blog called The Past Is Unwritten, and teaches a class on the history of punk with the Edmonton…

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Thoughts on Punk: The Vancouver Scene

2012/05/23

After last week’s class on the Vancouver punk community, we thought it might be fun to start posting our ideas on what we covered in class online, so we can keep pushing those intellectual boundaries even after the bell rings. And if you missed the class, well here’s your chance to throw in your 2 cents (or profound ideas)!

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Joe Strummer is spinning in his grave: Billy Bragg on Why Music Needs to Get Political Again

2011/08/24

Billy Bragg recently wrote an article for the NME on the need for alternative commentary in the wake of the rioting in London. The full version of the piece is up on his website and can also be found below.

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